Conflict and Commerce:
Adams Provides First Time Look at Laredo
Business, Economic History
John A. Adams Jr., historian and long-time former economic development leader in Laredo, provides the first-ever panoramic business and economic history of Laredo in Conflict and Commerce on the Rio Grande: Laredo, 1755-1955 (Texas A&M University Press).
Adams will visit the Texas A&M International University campus on Friday, Dec. 5 for a reception and book signing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Student Center Rotunda (main floor). The public is invited to attend.
In Commerce and Conflict on the Rio Grande, Adams demonstrates how the increasingly diversified economy of the region fed the fortunes of the city. His narrative, buttressed throughout by tables and statistics, paints a vivid mural of both the economic forces and the farsighted and ambitious individuals that combined to bring prosperity to this unique American city.
The 356-page book’s epilogue and up-to-date tables and statistics take readers to 2005, where Adams examines the ongoing impact of the NAFTA accords.
Conflict and Commerce on the Rio Grande is number 12 in the Canseco-Keck History Series — the result of an endowment launched by Laredo couple John H. Keck and Ceci Canseco Keck in 1998. Jerry Thompson, TAMIU College of Arts and Sciences Regents Professor of History, edits the series. The Series focuses on South Texas, the border region and Civil War history.
Roberto R. Calderon of the University of North Texas, writing about Adams’ book, said “it skillfully synthesizes existing knowledge on the subject and makes known new narrative detail in great abundance.”
For 10 years, John A. Adams, Jr., lived and worked in Laredo, where he served as executive director and CEO of the Laredo Development Foundation. He now resides in Florida, where he is President and CEO of Enterprise Florida, the state’s department of commerce. He earned a Ph.D. in history from Texas A&M University.
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